Today, I am even more enamoured with the concept of freedom. Freedom to be whoever we want to be.
Freedom to do whatever we want to do.
Freedom to not care what anyone else thinks about it.
Freedom to strip off the layers of supposed respectability and just discover your own way.
Surely, freedom is the only path to happiness.
There are so many rules, so many opinions about how we ‘should’ live but how many of those rules are just designed to make someone else feel comfortable that they can put us in a box?
How many of those rules actually help us, rather than hinder us?
I completely believe that God created me, not to be a puppet but to be a living breathing, awesome free person and yet, I get trapped time and time again in trying to fit into people’s ideals for me.
It is like I jump ship from one crazy person’s idea of freedom and jump right into someone else’s.
I need to take time to distil out my own ideas, to know my own mind, to take action on my own feelings about who I am.
Time and time again, I realize that I get this one life. If I allow other people’s ideas to completely overshadow mine then it will be a wasted life. I do completely believe that I can only make a difference in the world as I discover freedom in my inner parts.
It is me being me that makes all the difference and when I do that, it encourages others to be different and make a difference as well.
And it is our differences that have the power to change the world. It is not our sameness-es. It is not sheepish following of the crowd that brings about change in the world… No!
It is when people dare to act on what they believe in…
It is when people dare to act on what they think is possible instead of being held back by other people’s ideas of possibility…
It is then that the world opens up, it is then that we all begin to see that there are new ways to think, to be, to live.
A lot of people live a life of sacrifice thinking that this is what God, society, someone demands of them and I find myself doubting that. I don’t think that is true. And maybe I am selfish in feeling that each person must do what they WANT to do, not what they feel is demanded of them.
I have been accused of selfishness on numerous occasions, maybe it is time to just accept it and live with it and not care what anyone thinks about me.
After all, who defined selfishness anyway?
Someone who wanted to keep others down?
Someone who wanted to keep people in their place?
And why am I listening to that person?
Why are you?
From birth, we have been taught to live in a tribe as it would keep us safe. Our parents meant well. The only trouble is that in order to do that, we have to conform to the rules and regulations of the tribe even if it means diminishing our own individuality and that is a great loss.
7 billion people on the planet and we cannot end world hunger!
7 billion people on the planet and we keep trying to find our tribe and fit in, and be the same instead of owning the person that we are first and THEN, allowing people with similar ideals to find us.
We do not need to control or be controlled, we do not need to manipulate or to be manipulated. WE can just be who we are and choose to create and live a free, wealthy life. And just by the fact that we are being ourselves, we make a difference.
Freedom is a choice. It is not always the easy choice.
But in the long term, it is the best choice.
Will I make it today?
You always get a choice…
Over 17 days or so, starting Monday 20th, I am going to be exploring 17 secrets to being free when all around you are not. I invite you to join me in the online group if you want to be free of all the shoulds and musts and you want to step into discovering what you actually want to do and it is completely free with a FREE AMAZON Book delivered to you at the end of it.
Pop over to Facebook.com/groups/385126568354377/ to request entry and then also register your email at RosemaryNonnyKnight.com/livefree to get the free book at the end of the challenge.
Join in if you want to stop living for the weekend and create a life you actually like, doing what you want, when you want without feeling guilty about it.
I am pretty excited about this and I really am going to let it all hang out and talk you through everything about living free and what I am up to, how I create freedom each and every day.
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I couldn’t agree more. We weren’t put here to be robots. We do only have life to live once so we need to do what we want, the way we want to. Great read and great reminder!
Thank you for stopping by! We all need these reminders from time to time, right?
Maybe cause I’m at the higher end of the spectrum, 75 years young, but I never felt trapped or didn’t live freely. I stepped into the hippie generation and never stepped out.Now married to a conservative man who supports my choices, lifestyle & business. I had a career for 30 years I loved & now my business I love. Am I just lucky or did I have something to do with it.? I say, I created my life to suit me despite circumstances. Hopefully, others can find a path to do the same.
You sound like you have had an interesting life. More power to you!
I definitely believe in living life to the fullest and being free to pursue whatever we want. I wasn’t raised that way but fortunately, once independent, I chose to be happy!
Woohoo! Love that you choose to be happy!
WOW. So true. I was just drawing up ideas for a site being redone and I want it edgy and the true me. So many say, “no you can’t say that, you can’t do that” But I think,its my site. Its me. If they don’t like it, they can click away right? Thank you for this Rosemary. Its one life!!! Time to live it
I am glad you have decided to foolow your own way. Woohoo!!!
Sheesh. I need these reminders!
Don’t we all? Don’t we all 😀
I love the line — “Freedom is a choice. It is not always the easy choice.” I think we are taught early on in life (school in particular) that we should avoid being criticized at all costs — it doesn’t feel good and it means we are “wrong” or “less than” in some way. So, we tend to conform in order to make life easier. That’s the irony, though. A life of conformity becomes draining, unfulfilling and sad — not easy at all.
Thanks for the reminder to make that choice — to be ourselves!
So true! What seems to be the easy choice becomes the ‘not so easy’ choice given enough time. thanks for stopping by!
Hi Rosemary, great post. I think a lot of people are living for others instead of what God created them to do. Bless you in your endeavor to help people live free from the “oughts” and the “shoulds” and instead focus on their God-given destinies.
Thank you for that encouragement.
Thanks for these reminders. We need these to keep going successfully.
You are welcome
You just RADIATE in your video! It makes me feel like all that you are telling us is genuine and from your heart. I agree with you fully, we must set out on the best path for us. We must eliminate the naysayers, the doubt, and the distraction from our ultimate goal and vision. It’s how we become the best versions of ourselves!
Thank you so much for your kind words! We really must find a way to be our real selves because if we are to make any kind of a difference, it will never be by following other people’s demands!
Thanks for a nice post. Even though I really do not feel trapped or controlled either. 🙂
I am glad you don’t feel that way 😀
I do find it interesting when people feel the need to deliberately ensure I know that. I find myself wondering why that is.
Great article about Freedom.. we all have that right to do and be free… so use it, right!
Wonderful reminders Rosemary and I love your writing style, it’s as if you’re talking to everyone here! True that we have the power all alongs to make the choices we want, just need to start using it more 🙂
Thanks for your encouragement. Keep living from freedom 😀
I think one of the major reasons my first marriage didn’t work was because I felt like my ex-husband and his family wanted me to fit their mold and it simply never felt right. I am not saying their way of life or doing things is wrong, it just didn’t work for me.
Yes, I get that. Sometimes, you have to step away from a good situation to create room for the best one for you.
Ah yes, “should.” I call that “stop shoulding on yourself.” There is nothing better than following your own passion, your own path, and helpig others do the same. Thanks for a refreshing article!
Indeed, nothing better.